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Woman Hurt as Car Flips; Infant Unhurt

An Ashe County woman was hurt as her car overturned on Old NC 16 south in the Crumpler  area. Notably, her infant was unhurt in the 9:50am wreck, thanks to use of a child seat in the car.  Trooper Olive identified the woman as 24-year old Audrey Miller of Grassy Creek, driver Full Story

Teen Charged in Meth Manufacturing

A late June search of a Foscoe residence led to the Monday arrest of a 19-year old on Meth counts. Narcotics detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office arrested Valerie Ann Dollar at her residence listing a 153 Boulder Gardens, Banner Elk address on drug warrants. Full Story

Water Cut-Off Planned for US 321 Project

Water will be shut off across from the Blowing Rock Fire Station on Wednesday, July 10, from 10 a.m. until about 1 p.m. as part of the U.S. 321 widening project. Stillwell Enterprises Inc. will tie in the new 12-inch water line to town’s water system at the entrance to Full Story

GE to Expand in West Jefferson, Across NC

GE Aviation has finalized plans to break ground this year on an advanced composite component factory near Asheville in Western North Carolina, while making new investments in its West Jefferson facilities and other plants in North Carolina. Colleen Athans, Vice President and General Manager, Full Story

Drug Testing for WHS Athletes Proposed

“Essentially, there will be an information session that will tell parents and students upfront. They’ll sign an agreement, that in order to participate they’ll agree to the test. Sometime during the fall season, we’ll have our first test and the agency we contract with will pull  randomly a certain Full Story

Fire Destroys Pickup On NC 105

Fire destroyed a pickup truck traveling NC 105 just after noon today.  Foscoe Fire was called to the scene at about 12:15 after the engine compartment of the truck erupted in flames as it pulled over onto the lot of the Tomato Shack just above Bairds Creek Road.  In spite of the intensity of the fire Full Story

ASU Athletics Generates $4.3 Million

Appalachian State University athletics generated a record $4.3 million in private support during the 2012-13 fiscal year, senior associate athletics director Rick Beasley announced on Monday. The $4.3 million includes annual funding for premium seating, sport-specific fundraising and a record Full Story

New Offer in Works for Old WHS Property

An Atlanta firm is expressing official interest in the purchase of the Old Watauga High property, Watauga County manager Deron Geouque releasing a memo on terms to the press this afternoon.  Fuqua Acquisitions is clear that the memo is not an offer, but does mention $12 million in the letter, Full Story

Jackson, Price On Payton Watch List

Appalachian State University senior quarterback Jamal Londry-Jackson (Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta) and sophomore wide receiver Sean Price (Reston, Va./South Lakes) are included on the initial watch list for the 2013 Walter Payton Award, The Sports Network announced on Monday. Full Story

Woman Injured--Probe Underway

An investigation is underway into injuries sustained by a woman early yesterday morning, said to have come in an accident on US 321 near Tweetsie.  A woman reportedly fell from a moving pickup truck in what was reported as an accident, but as the investigation by the state patrol got underway, Full Story

Flooding, Landslides, Sinkholes, Evacuations

Flooding is taking a toll on area roads and some homes, that after a line of heavy rain lined up along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains mid afternoon, dumping rain in a sequence of storms.  Boone Fire was called to evacuate two persons from one house on Farthing Street--one in a wheelchair, Full Story

Memorial Service Monday for Judge McLean

A memorial service for Chief District Court Judge Mitchell "Mitch" McLean of Wilkesboro and the 23rd Judicial District will be held tomorrow afternoon at 4 at the John A. Walker Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College. McLean died Wednesday while trying to save a woman being pulled Full Story

Deer Smashes Van Windshield; Woman Hurt

A South Carolina woman was injured when a deer crashed into her minivan as she and three others were traveling through Foscoe late yesterday afternoon.  Catherine Charles of Hartsville, SC, was driving the 2011 Honda Odyssey when the deer collided with the front of the vehicle, Full Story

Round Three to Templeton Properties

The latest—the third—round in the case of Phil Templeton and Templeton Properties verses the Town of Boone over a property proposed to be used to build a medical clinic has gone to Templeton.  Friday, Superior Court Judge Shannon Joseph reversed a decision by the Boone Board of Adjustments Full Story

Political Season Kick-Off--Ball First for Mayor

The local political season got underway in earnest Friday with a number of candidates filing for municipal office in Watauga County. With Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson saying she would not seek another term, councilman Andy Ball became the first to file for Mayor, while incumbent Full Story

Bumgarner To Play In Mid-Summer Classic

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants has earned his first All-Star berth on Saturday, when he was named to the National League All-Star team by his manager Bruce Bochy, who will manage the National League in the Mid-Summer Classic at Citi Field in New York on Tuesday, July 16.  Bumgarner, who was 16-11 last

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Amber Waves of...RAIN

Somehow, amidst the waves of rain, the High Country held the 4th of July. While emergency crews still responded to areas of flooding on roadways, trees down, and all of us reacted to flash flood warnings, there were still a parade or two, bands played—albeit under shelter—and folks turned out. Full Story

District Court Judge Dies in Heroic Act

Chief District Court Judge Mitchell "Mitch" McLean of Wilkesboro and the 23rd Judicial District died Wednesday while trying to save a woman being pulled under the waves at Sunset Beach.  Both died on a day or three deaths in Brunswick County in the strong rip currents. Full Story

Child Porn Sentencing for Wilkes Man

A Wilkes County man is awaiting sentencing in federal court after his case was transferred from North Carolina to federal court.  Emer Dean Jones, 40, of Congo Road, Wilkesboro, entered the guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in December 2012, pleading guilty to one count each of Full Story

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